Monday, March 26, 2012

Latest Works- Go Cougs!

Last month I was lucky to land a lettering and logo project at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in the Beasley Coliseum. Lettering and large logos are hard work but the pay is decent and the reward of creating a large work, although simple in design, is very satisfying.

7 Year Anniversary!

Calypso, an early mural, 2005 

It's hard to believe it's been 7 years since Chell Design (formerly Art by Chell) was launched. It was one of those leaps born out of necessity. Newly separated without a means of support and three kids to raise I had no idea how I was going to do it. I owned The Yoga Community, but teaching almost every evening and making a profit of $300 a month just wasn't going to work. I had been dabbling in art; painting furniture, drawing and had completed few murals. Art was something I had always done but I always heard the voice in my head, "It's not a real job". One evening I lay in bed pondering what I was going to do and a different voice came booming through loud and clear, "You're an artist...if not now, when?" 

Within the next month I sold the yoga studio and opened my art business. It wasn't easy to get a consistent paycheck but I loved having a flexible schedule and the pay was decent when the phone rang. I did any kind of work I could, from painting windows for the holidays in 17 degree weather to painting faces at kids parties. I think my first year I grossed a whole $12,000 and ended up in the red. Today Chell Design offers high end murals and faux finishes, natural science illustration for government projects, large scale handpainted lettering for universities and schools, painted furniture and many other custom works. I can't say there isn't lean times but it's definitely a lot less sketchy! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The blog challenge...

It's always a challenge as an artist to use a new medium or technique and there is none as challenging to me as a new web challenge. Every email campaign, website change, online store set up, etc., just exhausts my left brain. If I can get this blog up and running just the way I like it I'll have won the first battle. The 2nd will be to make the commitment to sharing frequently.
Just changing the colors and and text...phew....I'm sweaty. Enough for day one.